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      As many others of you have experienced, the removal of lymph nodes can create lymphedema which is a pain in the neck to manage. I had a number of nodes removed in my groin which resulted in lymphedema in one of my legs. Combining that with the chemo induced neuropathy has caused a fair amount of concern.

      I was doing all I could: drinking water, wearing a compression hose during the day and compression bandages at night. Fluid still pooled in my ankles and knees causing pain.

      Two days ago I read a piece on the Sloan Kettering website about neuropathy and they briefly mentioned MLD – manual lymph drainage. Youtube has videos on how to do self MLD massage. I tried it two nights in a row, and my knee feels so much better.

      There are also Youtube videos for arm MLD but I did not watch them.

      Hope this helps someone.

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